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Are energy drinks hazardous to Californians’ health?

Energy drinks, such as Monster Energy drinks, Red Bulls and Rockstar Energy Drinks, are common beverages of choice for people in San Diego, and elsewhere. Not only do people enjoy the taste of these sweet, sugar-filled beverages, they also enjoy the jolt of energy that they provide. Recent news reports and studies, however, have shown that these beverages may actually be hazardous to people’s health and could potentially cause death. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, there have been 34 deaths linked to the consumption of energy drinks since 2004. These wrongful deaths are, in large part, believed to be due to the significant amounts of caffeine that are found in these types of drinks.

Many people are ignorant as to how caffeine can impact the body. Caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant. As such, it can have a number of effects on the body. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some of the most common effects include the following:

  •        Making people feel shaky or jittery
  •        Increasing people’s heart rate or causing an uneven heart rhythm
  •        Raising people’s blood pressure
  •        Causing dehydration
  •        Making it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep

Birth injuries may cause cerebral palsy for San Diego children

Cerebral palsy is a common medical condition affecting many people in San Diego, and throughout the U.S. It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention that approximately one out of every 323 children in the U.S. suffers from cerebral palsy. The condition, which typically manifests early in a child’s life, impacts people’s motor skills and muscle coordination. There is still much to be learned about the exact causes of cerebral palsy, however, birth injuries appear to be a common contributing factor. 

A type of brain injury, cerebral palsy is caused by an abnormality in a child’s brain development, or by damage to a developing brain. This can be the result of any number of factors. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the most common risk factors include the following:

  • Infant or maternal infections
  • Fetal stroke
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Random gene mutations
  • Lack of oxygen to the body and brain

What damages does a medical malpractice lawsuit cover?

Experiencing a medical mistake can take a physical and emotional toll on someone and even cost lives. The Journal of Patient Safety reports that medical malpractice causes as many as 400,000 premature deaths every year, and the New England Journal of Medicine notes that one in 14 physicians will face a lawsuit related to negligence.

There are serious implications following medical errors, one of which involves finances. When a physician or other member of a medical facility makes a mistake, it can lead to an increase in treatment, longer hospital stays and worsened conditions. People who choose to file a lawsuit may find that there are several types of damages that may be recovered, including the following:

California woman faces felony charge after deadly pit bull attack

A dog attack under any circumstances can be devastating, but losing a loved one is particularly tragic. In San Diego, victims who suffer a dog bite or a survivor’s family members often find justice through filing a lawsuit. In some situations, the owner of the animal may also face criminal charges, as is the case with a California woman whose pit bulls attacked and killed a neighbor.

In 2011, an elderly woman had gone outside to water her rose garden. Her husband later found her outside with a mutilated left arm and left leg. Two pit bulls belonging to the couple’s neighbor were found with blood around their mouths and on their chests. The dogs reportedly bit the woman more than 50 times and caused multiple lacerations. Due to the trauma of the event, the woman, who was 75, suffered a heart attack, later passing away after kidney failure, pneumonia and two additional cardiac episodes.

The damaging effects of serious motor vehicle accidents

A serious accident can take physical, emotional and mental tolls on the people involved as well as their families. At Nield Law Group, APC, we have seen firsthand how lives can be completely uprooted following an incident and understand how important it is to obtain the funds necessary for medical care and other items.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, the state saw 2,857 fatal automobile accidents in 2012. Families who lose loved ones in a crash often have to deal with financial woes in addition to their grief, as the deceased may have been the sole provider or earned a salary necessary to the family’s well-being.

When does a dog bite constitute a lawsuit?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that every year, more than 4.5 million people suffer a dog bite. In many cases, the injury is minor and requires little more than cleaning and a bandage. However, the CDC notes that nearly 900,000 of those people will require some kind of medical attention for the injuries, and roughly half of those people are children.

If you have suffered a dog attack, you might consider filing a lawsuit. Keep in mind that in order to successfully file a claim, you will have to prove that there was negligence involved and that the bite or attack caused quantifiable injury.

The most common medical mistakes patients encounter

Study after study reveals that a diagnostic error is the most common form of medical negligence in California and throughout the United States. According to research from Johns Hopkins University, these mistakes account for the largest portion of medical malpractice claims. This type of error includes the following:

  • Incorrectly diagnosing a problem

Survivors can pursue justice following the loss of a loved one

Losing a loved one can be a tragic experience no matter the circumstances. At Nield Law Group, APC, we understand the emotional, psychological and even financial toll a death can take on family members, especially when the incident was the result of someone else’s negligence. We allow our clients to grieve their losses while we handle the legalities of securing compensation.

Under California law, survivors of someone who has suffered an accidental death have two years to file a lawsuit. The cause of the death can include the following:

Two separate pedestrian accidents strike north of San Diego

A crosswalk is supposed to be a safety zone for people who are trying to get across the street. Those on foot in San Diego who obey traffic laws should be able to avoid a pedestrian accident. Crossing against a light, for example, can result in serious injuries. Yet even when people take the necessary precautions to cross the road, drivers may still make a mistake, as two recent incidents remind us.

Early one morning, a pedestrian crossing the road at an intersection was struck by a vehicle, resulting in a broken leg. Law enforcement had to close down a lane of traffic and issue an alert for the intersection. In a separate incident later that morning, a woman and her two children were walking to an Escondido elementary school when a driver hit them.

Preventing healthcare-acquired infections

Pneumonia, urinary tract infections, blood stream diseases: These are all conditions that can drive people to a healthcare facility for treatment. Unfortunately, too many people in California and across the country will actually contract these infections from simply spending time in the facility for an unrelated condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 25 patients will experience a healthcare-associated disease, which includes a surgical site infection, leading to a worsened medical condition and additional treatment.

There are steps at the national, state and even individual level that can prevent this from happening. According to the Committed to Reduce Infection Deaths, patients can do the following to reduce the odds of contracting an illness while in the hospital:

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